• Taking the Jump

    Prep Essentials  

    Ancestry, pedigree, the family tree—the muses behind the adornment lining the walls and corridors of any preppy’s house. It’s not simply art, but more importantly it is history—your lineage. The oil on canvas portrait of great grandfather hanging in the hallway reminds you of where you came from. Never mind he is a complete stranger to your children, cultivating cognizance of your family tree, no matter how idiosyncratic, is fundamental in remaining grounded. After all, it is nice to know where, rather who, the silver came from. But nothing says “cultured” like oil on canvas paintings of your ancestors’ equestrian pursuits.

    "Taking the Jump" by Samuel Alken, Jr.

    Mar 4, 2011 | Permalink (4) Total Comments

    Kenneth left a comment on 3/8/2011 at 11:16 AM:

    As a southern gent my wife and I have managed to accumulate a fairly decent collection of ‘folk” art as well as some oil paintings from street artist in Europe. These paintings speak about who we are and where we have been. It doesn’t take a lot of money to treat your walls and your eyes kindly. There are art shows year round in every city with affordable art. It’s not snobbery it’s simply having the class to bother. walls. Same with your house as with your clothes, nobody cares whether they came from ebay or the thrift as long as the effort is there.

    Kenneth


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 8:28 PM:

    @H.K. Rahman—Find a way to make it your own while still accumulating pieces that you like.  The key is to allow your walls, art and photos to share with visitors who you are.


    H.K. Rahman left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 8:10 PM:

    What about all of us who weren’t born white and privileged?


    styleomnibus left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 4:55 PM:

    I respectfully disagree.  There is, in my view, nothing more regal and singularly distinguishing than the portrait of a distant ancestor.  It is the surest mark of an exceptional pedigree.  It is a shame that I won’t come into them until my parents pass! 

    www.thestyleomnibus.blogspot.com


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